Oxfordshire's A34 Abingdon Lodge Hill junction to get £9m funding


Oxfordshire's key A34 interchange at Abingdon Lodge Hill junction is to receive £9m in funding from the UK Government. 

Funding will help creation of south-facing slip roads on the interchange at Lodge Hill in Abingdon, reported the BBC.

The project will receive £9.45m over four years, with around 1,700 new homes are planned in this area. 

The complete cost of the road project is £18m. The remaining funds will come from developers of the housing scheme and The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. 

Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth was quoted by the publication as saying: "The delivery of much-needed housing in and around Abingdon is heavily reliant on funding for new slips at Lodge Hill.

"Residents have been concerned that large numbers of houses will be built before the necessary highway infrastructure is in-place.

"The delivery of much-needed housing in and around Abingdon is heavily reliant on funding for new slips at Lodge Hill."

"This announcement means that vital infrastructure will be built at the early phase of development to cope with the associated additional traffic." 

Communities secretary Sajid Javid was quoted by The Oxford Times as saying: "This funding will bring much-needed improvements to the A34 for motorists and help to deliver thousands of new homes that Oxfordshire desperately needs.

"Most people are willing to accept new housing in their areas, but they don’t want to see massive development when local roads are already under pressure."

The council expects the junction to be built by 2020.

Both residents and councillors have lobbied the UK Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for construction of junction, which is expected to remove traffic congestion.